Boris Johnson: No Toll for Blackwall TunnelTuesday 30th October 2012
The Mayor of London has told LBC 97.3 that he will not introduce a toll at the Blackwall Tunnel.
Yesterday Transport for London admitted that it may start charging drivers in order to pay for Boris' promised new river crossing in east London.
In the consulatation document they admit that to fund the proposed Silvertown tunnel - connecting Silvertown and Greenwich - they would want to have a toll in place on the new crossing.
However, because the Blackwall tunnel is so close, not introducing a toll there too would cause "serious delays" as everyone would chose the free crossing - so therefore charges would have to be introduced on both to help manage demand.
The charges would likely be similar to the tolls charged on the Dartford crossing - currently £2 for cars, £2.50 for two-axle goods vehicles, and £5 for HGVs.
But Boris Johnson told LBC 97.3 he is not happy about the plans and that TfL will have to be creative in coming up with the money.
"These projects - big big infrastructure projects - don't grow on trees," he explained. "We've got to look at all the options of how to finance that and it is only sensible that in the consultation which is going on at the moment we should ask people about tolling. I certainly won't be putting in a toll in my Mayoral career... my Mayoral lifetime..."
The consultation on the plans is ongoing - you can view the consultation document here>>>